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Sony claims 30m PSN accounts, 80% of all PS3s registered

Versus 23 million Xbox Live users; Hirai also confident of 15m PS3 sales in 12 months

Sony Computer Entertainment boss Kaz Hirai has claimed the PlayStation 3 has accrued 30 million sign-ups for online service PSN.

While Hirai did not specify how many of these were active accounts as opposed to registrations, it equates to roughly 80 per cent of 38 million PS3s sold worldwide.

Hirai told Reuters at TGS that Sony hoped to bump this up to 100 per cent of PlayStation 3 users.

By contrast, Microsoft's Xbox Live sported 23 million users as this February, but unlike PSN many of these pay a subscription fee.

The SCE CEO also asserted his belief that the firm would meet its target of 15 million PlayStation 3 sales from March 2009 to March 2010.

"As of the end of August, sales look a bit better than we expected," he said.

He also denied that the PlayStation Portable range might see a 3D version any time soon, and in a careful swipe at Kinect claimed that motion controllers were best used in tandem with traditional input devices.

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Latest comments (6)

Robin Segitz8 years ago
Now just wait a second... nowhere did MS ever specify how many people actually use Gold vs. Silver...
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Josef Brett Animator 8 years ago
"in a careful swipe at Kinect claimed that motion controllers were best used in tandem with traditional input devices."

Kinect can be used in tandem with traditional input devices. The key thing is that doesn't have to be (unlike Move, which will use at least one button for most of it's titles). Probably just shot himself in the foot there...
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 8 years ago
It always make me amused when Sony boast about X number of PSN accounts, because they must realise that many PSN users have more than one account over different territories. I myself have my standard UK-registered account as well as a US account, because the US PlayStation Store gets a lot of content and demos that the UK Store does not.

Anyway, I wonder if there's a way to discover a rough estimate of how many PS3 users have more than one account in this way.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Terence Gage on 16th September 2010 5:01pm

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That number of 30 million is suspect. I'm sure it includes multiple user account along with pc and psp registered users. I had three psn accounts before ever owning a ps3.
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James Verity8 years ago
most people have 2 or 3 accounts minimum... and thats just the ones for different regions...

then add the ones for each family member including the one set up for little jonnny that is 8, but mum and dad dont mind him playing 18 cert. games online so have set a master account up for him to (with false DOB of course)...

anyway who cares how many accounts Sony has on PSN... PSN runs slower than XBLive so IMO microsoft appears to be able to cope with their customer base online, whereas Sony cannot, whenever Sony have a firmware update the PSN servers strain...

Edited 2 times. Last edit by James Verity on 16th September 2010 8:47pm

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Kevin Clark-Patterson Lecturer in Games Development, Lancaster and Morecambe College8 years ago
"Kaz Hirai has claimed the PlayStation 3 has accrued 30 million sign-ups for online service PSN."

Sign ups - such an easy figure to spew - how many are active as I bet its not even half of that!

"Hirai told Reuters at TGS that Sony hoped to bump this up to 100 per cent of PlayStation 3 users."

Hahahahahahahahahah....ahahahahahahaha! Good luck! It's good to have dreams...
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